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The following bulletin provides information on creating a business plan for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs by providing a realistic roadmap to sustainable healthcare practice. As part of the NSVRC SANE Sustainability Series, this bulletin reviews the basic steps for developing a sound business plan and explains each component. For more resources on this topic visit the SANE Sustainability Project.

This document is part of the NSVRC’s SANE Sustainability Series.  The relationship between a medical director and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program coordinator is an important one. If you are looking for a medical director for your program, or are unsure whether the medical director you have is the right fit, this bulletin will provide some guidance and structure to identifying a compatible physician to add to the team. For more resources on this topic visit the SANE Sustainability Project.

This brief outlines the most promising local prevention strategies and policy changes to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in the first place.  The recommendations are designed to shift social and cultural norms that increase the likelihood of child sexual abuse and exploitation.Sample recommendations include:

  • Decrease the saturation of media messages aimed at children by reviewing and rolling back the legislation that allowed advertising to children especially in children’s television programming.
  • Develop a rapid response media network to respond to breaking news with proactive prevention messages that incorporate an environmental and norms-based understanding of the causes and solutions of abuse.
  • Require staff training in organizations that work with children and youth specifically focused on developmentally appropriate sexuality and sexual behavior.With support from the Ms. Foundation, this brief is based on findings from  a convening of national experts and local leaders, expert interviews, and a review of the literature.

Transforming Communities to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: A Primary Prevention Approach

The Resource Newsletter of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Spring/Summer 2009The Spring/Summer 2009 edition of The Resource focuses on the intersection between sexual violence and physical and mental health.  Articles include information about Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) collaboration, vicarious trauma, the role of healthcare providers in sexual violence prevention, and sexual assault against elders. 

This Applied Research paper examines whether organizational affiliation and structure affect the quantity and quality of sexual assault services. The paper offers recommendations for future research evaluating the effectiveness of rape crisis centers.

The Effectiveness of Sexual Assault Services in Multi-Service Agencies

This guide examines the use of polygraph tests and other truth-telling devices (sometimes called “lie-detector tests”) in sexual assault investigations. It is meant to support the Violence Against Women Act and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) provision that truth-telling devices must not be used with sexual assault victims as a condition of charging or prosecution of an offense. This guide examines special issues relevant to using truth-telling devices with sexual assault victims. Legislative and judicial actions that have been taken as a result of this debate will also be discussed. Victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and policy makers may use this guide to develop policies, practices, and procedures and to improve collaborations regarding the use of truth-telling devices as the VAWA 2005 provision is adopted across the United States. 

The first in a series of bulletins related to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program sustainability, this publication provides information gathered from the NSVRC SANE Sustainability Technical Assistance Project. It discusses six key areas related to sustainability: investing in people, understanding budgeting, reframing education, mentoring future leaders, creating strategic alliances and program evaluation.   For more resources on this topic visit the SANE Sustainability Project. 

Sexual Violence Against Women: Impact on High-Risk Health Behaviors and Reproductive Health by Sandra L. Martin and Rebecca J. Macy with contributions from Janice A. Mirabassi (June 2009) This Applied Research paper provides a brief overview of research on the impact of sexual violence on females' high-risk health behaviors and reproductive health, focusing on studies of sexual assault or rape experienced primarily during adulthood. Sexual Violence Against Women: Impact on High-Risk Health Behaviors and Reproductive Health

This 2 page fact sheet talks about sexual abuse in prisons and jails across the U.S.
The Basics About Sexual Abuse in U.S. Detention

This two page fact sheet talks about the devastating consequences of sexual violence in detention and the extreme challenges that survivors may face.
Mental health consequences of sexual violence in detention


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